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Preservice Teachers Create Literacy Lessons with Prowise


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Thanks to Harper Collins Publishers Preservice teachers from Macquarie University were able to create digital lessons in Prowise Presenter based on the many beautiful texts that Harper Collins provided for the ELB Content Creation Workshop.

ELB Education organised the Content Creation Workshop for the Preservice teachers who had already participated in the Prowise Presenter 101 course. The participants are the first University students in Australia to be provided with free Prowise Presenter Accounts for the duration of their degree courses. They will be able to create digital lessons in Prowise Presenter which they can save to their accounts and use during their practicums.

This is an opportunity that Prowise Netherlands has made available for any Preservice teacher in Australia. Macquarie University’s Department of Education Studies saw the benefit of this offer and set up accounts for their Preservice teachers. They saw the advantage of Prowise Presenter being cloud- based and deployable on any device, interactive white board or interactive flat panel that the students might encounter on their practicums.

Like all educational technologies it is important to learn how it can be successfully used in the classroom and so the Preservice teachers have been participating in Professional Learning with the ELB Team. The ELB Training Manager, an experienced classroom teacher herself demonstrated all the features of the software and acted as a coach to the new teachers in designing highly engaging lessons.

When the Education Manager at Harper Collins heard that they would be creating content to share with other Australian teachers she was keen for them to use Australian literature texts. The students therefore had access to some of the best Australian authors and illustrators including Jackie French, Libby Hathorn and Bruce Watterly

From their syllabuses the Preservice teachers identified the outcomes they wanted to address and the appropriate approach to the text. Using the Prowise Presenter software they were able to craft lesson sequences, aligning them to the syllabus and developing a range of activities for their students. They could also access the Harper Collins’ and authors’ websites and link these to the lessons.

They were able to design the learning for their students creating collaborative activities and modelling specific text features. The Preservice teachers were asked to share their content with the ever increasing community of Australian teachers creating Prowise lessons.

The Global Community of Prowise teachers has now uploaded more than 1,000, 000 teaching resources as well for teachers to access. Teachers can also use the galleries that are part of Prowise Presenter, their own files and photos or simply search and bring videos and images from YouTube.

The quality of the learning that these  teachers will be able to bring to the classroom has been enhanced through the Content Creation workshop and having access to outstanding literature texts. To learn more about free Prowise Presenter accounts or participating in a Content Creation Workshops contact as at training@elb.com.au

 

 

 

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STEMWise PDMeet @ Blacktown South!


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Teachers from Blacktown South participated in a STEMWise PDMeet delivered by the ELB Education team. Blacktown South Public School has already embraced Prowise interactive flat panels with leading staff demonstrating the effective use of the Prowise Presenter cloud-based lesson creation software in the classroom.

The ELB team worked with the Principal, Andrew Bowmer and Lead Teacher IT Coordinator Michelle Cremona to design the STEMWise PDMeet which provided a range of break-out workshops to support teachers in their use of the Prowise interactive flat-panels and associated Prowise Presenter software across a range of devices in the classroom. Teachers familiar with interactive teaching software and the use of Presenter had the opportunity to develop their skills in teaching coding and robotics at age-appropriate levels for their students.

For instance teachers also learned how the SPRK+ Sphero robot can be the next step from using CodeWise in the Presenter software to programming a robot. Teachers loved the hands on component of the PDMeet learning to code and learning how to introduce robots into the curriculum

Teachers joined workshops of their choice including:

 

  • Coding and Robotics for Stages 2&3
  • CodeWise for Stages 1&2
  • Prowise Presenter for Stages 2&3
  • Prowise Presenter for Stages 1&2

 

The STEMWise PDmeet saw all participants receive BOSTES accreditation at Proficient Teacher status and a certificate for their portfolio as the ELB Academy is a BOSTES endorsed provider of accredited teacher professional development, with all courses recognised for their high standard and high value to teachers, schools and ultimately the students.

The activity-based nature of the workshops and the immediate links to the teachers’ curriculum ensured that teachers were engaged. One teacher’s feedback indicating that it was one of the best PD events she had experienced. If you would like to host a STEMWise PDMeet at you school please contact our ELB Academy Team at training@elb.com.au

 

Life Education Pilots Prowise with Schools


 healthy-haroldLife Education has been piloting digital content developed in Prowise Presenter and video conferencing to deliver their outstanding health programs to students.

Using video conferencing technology and Prowise interactive flat panels the team from Life Education was able to engage students from Hillview Primary School in Tamworth and La Perouse Primary School in Sydney. Students of any age love Healthy Harold and he was able to appear in the session to motivate them to be active and to eat well.

This is a new way for Life Education to deliver their programs. The fact that the presenter was able to work with two schools simultaneously and for students in NSW to view their peers and share learning added a deeper significance to the session.

Life Education has developed high quality animations of Healthy Harold which their team had embedded in their Prowise Presenter lessons. This means they can be displayed on any web enabled device so the students have an opportunity to interact with the content in their own classrooms.

In the classroom the students can view the high quality animations, interact with content as well as see Healthy Harold “talking” to them via video conference. ”It’s like watching TV but better because you can talk to your favourite characters.”

This is the second pilot undertaken by Life Education to understand the effect of delivering education programs in this way and the team will evaluate its success. The schools were very positive one teacher saying that the students were focussed for the whole session.

All teachers can access Prowise presenter for FREE. To find out more about how it can support teaching and learning in your school learn more here https://www.education.electroboard.com.au/products/software

 

 

Maker Spaces Plus Prowise


maker-spaceThe Maker Movement is transforming learning in our schools. The Maker Movement, provides a flexible model for exploring how schools can better cultivate the interplay between student interests, peer culture, digital tools and academic success. It reimages schools as maker-centered environments with the assumption that everyone is a maker. The ultimate objective is that, with the right tools and connections, young people can develop the literacies to remake our world into a more democratic, equitable and humane place.

The Maker Movement, has embraced the research from Connected Learning focusing on how to optimize the passions associated with students’ informal learning ie the learning they experience outside of school with the formal learning they experience within school. In most research regarding effective pedagogy eg the Quality Teaching Framework, which identifies the dimension of “significance’ there is an emphasis on the importance of finding the intersections between young peoples’ interests and the mandated curriculum. Importantly students develop academic pursuits when classroom content connects to their passions.

Connected Learning was the basis of the Connected Learning Program in NSW which supported schools to connect students to real world experts from Galleries, Libraries and Museums via video conferencing and enable them to access and create high quality digital content.

Connected Classrooms can now be transformed into Maker Spaces where students actively make content, create products, invent processes, and propose new ideas. Students can be provided with places in the classroom and links to the community both off and online to engage with people who share their passions. They can have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions towards personally relevant issues, ideas, people and interests.

With Connected Learning and within Maker Spaces making, producing, experimenting, designing and building are present both physically and online, in and outside of the classroom .The resources for making should be distributed throughout the school, home and community settings. EdTech solutions can  also provide ways for students to connect beyond the walls of the classroom and to engage with experts in the fields of their passions.

The Prowise Solution supports Connected Learning and the creation of Maker Spaces. When you add Coding ,Robotics and 3D Printing you are giving students the tools to be creators and to follow their passions.

To support young makers, teachers should:

  1. Regularly engage students in making, sharing, collaborating and reflecting eg Use Prowise Presenter to create lessons which can be accessed anywhere, anytime on any device.
  2. Give feedback often to help students remake and reiterate content-specific products, processes and knowledge. E.g. using Prowise Connect teachers can readily provide feedback on the fly.
  3. Encourage students to better the lives of their peers, school and community.
  4. Play multiple roles: engaged co-creator, mentor, problem-solver, activist or networker who brings the right people and tools together.

For more information  on how we can assist you to create a Maker Space contact our Education Consultants.

US Districts Embrace Prowise


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The Saugus Union School District is located in the Santa Clarita Valley in Northern Los Angeles County and operates fifteen K-6 schools and preschool programs across sixteen campuses.

Currently, there are approximately 10,100 students attending fifteen schools with approximately 530 Pre Schooler children enrolled. The newest campus, Emblem Academy, was re-opened in the 2013-2014 school year with a focus on Ethics, Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Mathematics.

This year The Saugus Union School District leadership has decided to install Prowise interactive flat panels and Prowise Presenter software across the whole district. More than 400 panels, either the 65″ or 84″ Pro Line panels mounted on Prowise lift systems will be delivered, to Saugus schools by the end of November 2016.

Teachers will have access to the cloud –based Prowise Presenter software which will allow them to create digital lesson content, establish communities and share content across the district. Teachers will also be able to access more than 1,000,000 lessons created globally.

Using the Prowise Presenter software Saugus teachers will also be able to share their screen with any student device. Tools within the software allow for formative assessment and teachers can develop quizzes and assess student understanding at the point of learning.

The sixteen preschools campuses will also be able to take advantage of content being developed for the Early Years. For instance the Codewise Tool included in the software is complemented by a physical card game which enables very young students to understand the concepts of coding.

ELB US Inc., the North America, together with Prowise interactive technologies, will work with The Saugus Union School District to enhance student learning outcomes by implementing this exciting new classroom technology. Combining the very best in interactive education technology with quality training and professional development to support the strategic learning goals of the Saugus Union School District.  Learn more here

http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/education/saugus-union-school-district/saugus-union-to-unveil-state-of-the-art-classrooms-176059

Use the “Science of Learning” to choose EdTech


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A recent paper http://www.deansforimpact.org/program.html

published by the Deans for Impact summarizes the existing research from cognitive science relating to how students learn  and connects this to practical implications for teaching and learning.

The paper sets out 6 main questions related to student learning:

  1. How do student understand new ideas?
  2. How do students learn and retain new information?
  3. How do students solve problems?
  4. How does learning transfer to new situations in or outside of the classroom?
  5. What motivates students to learn?
  6. What are common misconceptions about how students think and learn?

Addressing these questions when choosing what technology to use to advance student learning can create a more refined set of decisions.

For each question the paper lists cognitive principles and practical implications for the classroom. The cognitive principles underpinning question 1 state that students learn new ideas by reference to ideas they already know. The implications for classroom practice are that there should be a well sequenced curriculum to ensure that students have the prior knowledge they need to master new ideas. It is crucial that teachers direct student attention to the similarities between existing knowledge and what is to be learned.

Students’ understanding of a new idea can be impeded if they are confronted with too much information at once. To assist with this teachers can use scaffolds to show the step by step process to perform a task or solve a problem.

Teachers often use multiple modalities to convey and idea e.g. they will speak whilst showing a graph however the report recommends that care is taken when showing for instance a slide or graphic that what you say as a teacher matches the information in the graph.

This advice is very useful for teachers in the creation of digital content. Using content creation software like Prowise Presenter a teacher can make explicit carefully paced explanations, provide modelling and examples so that students are not overwhelmed.

Teachers can attach accurate audio files to graphic information that students can view together or replay anywhere or anytime.

The content can also be differentiated by providing links to a range of content removing the idea that content is limited to age. Giving students access to a range of quality information is one of the best features of technology.

2. How do students learn and retain new information?

The first cognitive principle underpinning this question states that information is often withdrawn from memory just as it went in. We usually want students to remember what information means and why it is important, so they should think about meaning when they encounter to-be-remembered material.

Implications for classroom practice suggested by the paper recommend that teachers ask students to explain how or why something has happened or for students to organise material.

Using lesson creation software like Presenter teachers can design content for students to sequence efficiently many times. Using the Pro Connect function teachers can share their screen and ask for explanations from students. They can provide students with a set of sentences for students to order to construct meaning and re-share with the class. Narrative/stories and mnemonics which are particularly helpful can also be created digitally.

The second cognitive principles states that practice is essential to learning new facts, but not all practice is equivalent. Teachers can space practice over time, with content being reviewed across weeks or months, to help students remember the content over the long-term. When content is developed digitally and stored in the cloud teachers can return to student work as many times as required.

Teachers can explain to students that trying to remember something makes memory more long-lasting than other forms of studying. Teachers can use low- or no-stakes quizzes in class to do this, and students can use self-tests.

Using the ProConnect feature in Prowise Presenter teachers can make quick quizzes on the fly or at the point of need. They can use games and tools to also assist in memorising critical facts and figures.

Teachers can interleave (i.e., alternate) practice of different types of content. For example, if students are learning four mathematical operations, it’s more effective to interleave practice of different problem types, rather than practice just one type of problem, then another type of problem, and so on.

EdTech enables interleaving in a way not possible before. Quickly searching via YouTube or Google teachers can find images, videos and interviews podcasts to interleave these different types of content throughout their lessons.

3. How do students solve problems?

The cognitive principles underpinning this question state that each subject area has some set of facts that, if committed to long-term memory, aids problem-solving by freeing working memory resources and illuminating contexts in which existing knowledge and skills can be applied. The size and content of this set varies by subject matter.

The implications for classroom practice are that teachers will need to teach key sets of facts. For example, the most obvious (and most thoroughly studied) sets of facts are math facts and letter-sound pairings in early years. For math, memory is much more reliable than calculation. Math facts (e.g., 8 x 6 = ?) are embedded in other topics (e.g., long division). A child who stops to calculate may make an error or lose track of the larger problem. The advantages of learning phonics for reading are well established

There is a plethora of apps, Pinterest Pins,  games, content which will do this for teachers and enable students to individually rehearse their skills on their own devices. Tools within the Prowise Presenter software can engage student’s individually, around a table or across the whole class students with fun collaborative activities to learn facts.

The second cognitive principle states that effective feedback is often essential to acquiring new knowledge and skills.

Good feedback is:

  • Specific and clear;
  • Focused on the task rather than the student; and
  • Explanatory and focused on improvement rather than merely verifying performance.

Using the share screen function in Prowise Presenter teachers are able to share their screens with all student devices enabling feedback which is “specific and clear” and focussed on the task. When students share their responses back to the teachers for collaboration, shared commentary there is an enhanced capacity through the use of technology too quickly demonstrate strategies for improvement.

4.How does learning transfer to new situations in or outside of the classroom?

The first cognitive principle here states that the transfer of knowledge or skills to a novel problem requires both knowledge of the problem’s context and a deep understanding of the problem’s underlying structure.

Classroom implications are that teachers can ensure students have sufficient background knowledge to appreciate the context of the problem. Using technology and digital content teachers can illustrate contextual information in multiple ways not possible when only using print.

The second underpinning cognitive principle states that we understand new ideas via examples, but it’s often hard to see the unifying underlying concepts in different examples. Within the classroom teachers can have students compare problems with different surface structures that share the same underlying structure. For example, a student may learn to calculate the area of a rectangle via an example of word problem using a table top. This student may not immediately recognize this knowledge is relevant in a word problem that asks a student to calculate the area of a soccer field. By comparing the problems, this practice helps students perceive and remember the underlying structure. This can be easily facilitated with digital content.

For multi-step procedures, teachers can encourage students to identify and label the sub steps required for solving a problem. This practice makes students more likely to recognize the underlying structure of the problem and to apply the problem-solving steps to other problems. Many lesson creation programs have labelling functions so students can be easily supported to do this.

Teachers can alternate concrete examples (e.g., word problems) and abstract representations (e.g., mathematical formulas) to help students recognize the underlying structure of problems.

All of this can be more easily achieved using digital content, because teachers can see the impacts on learning of the examples they have chosen, they can then save the most effective concrete examples and build up banks of alternate examples.

Questions 5 and 6 apply to building positive mindsets in classrooms and ensuring that teachers understand misconceptions or unsubstantiated theories of learning.

Papers such as this which are readily available on-line for teachers enrich their own professional learning and provide guidance for how they design for learning within their classrooms and make effective decisions in regards to using EdTech.

For more information about using EdTech in your classroom contact our ELB Academy.

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270 Preservice Teachers @ Macquarie University access Prowise Presenter!


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270 Pre-Service teachers will have access to Prowise Presenter for the duration of their Early Years degree courses at Macquarie University. Today the first two groups were provided with access to their accounts and shown some of the features of the lesson creation software.

This is a very exciting opportunity for the 270 Pre-Service teachers who like all teachers are expected to design digital lessons for teaching and learning. The quality of their lessons will be assessed by their lecturers during the years of their training. The Pre-Service teachers will also want to use their digital lessons during their practicums.

However in the passed the success of using digital lessons  designed during training depended on  a number of conditions eg whether the  educational setting had the same hardware, software, or even the same versions of software. The question of whether the digital lessons could be used on any of the devices at the practicum site usually made the deployment of lessons very difficult.

Prowise Presenter is the perfect solution for Pre-Service teachers. As a cloud-based software there is no installation required, is automatically upgraded and can be used on any device anywhere .These young teachers will be able to use the lessons they have designed on any web-enabled device.

Once they have graduated from Macquarie University they will be able to take their lessons with them to their new place of employment using a variety of options. Prowise Presenter is a powerful tool for all teachers. They can save their digital lessons to a private folder and because it is stored in the cloud they can access their lessons at home or at any education setting on any web enabled device.  If they are working casually across a number of campuses or if there is a sudden room change as long as there is a web-enabled device they will be able to use Prowise Presenter.

Prowise is aware that Pre-Service teachers do not always have access to the latest technology so providing them with a Presenter account they are ensuring that these young teachers can be digital leaders when they participate in their practicums and when they finally graduate.

The Prowise Presenter software enables teachers to link to websites, YouTube videos and galleries of content. Teachers can also save their resources to the Global Community and Prowise currently has over 1,000,000 resources saved globally for teachers to access. There are games for learning, tools for assessment and for teaching coding.

These teachers will also have access to ProConnect another very  important element of the software which enables them to share their screens with any BYOD device in the classroom. Students can then interact with the content and re-share to the teachers ‘interactive screen their answers and ideas for collaboration.

Learn more about Prowise Presenter here www.education.electroboard.com.au

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